Cornell College getting green for benefit of students

Energy efficiency projects benefit Thomas Commons building renovation and addition

 Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Cornell College’s Hilltop is getting green with the help of our company. The college in Mount Vernon, Iowa is using energy efficiency to enhance its facilities for the benefit of students.

Cornell College recently completed several energy efficiency projects as part of its renovation and addition of the Thomas Commons building. Projects included the installation of lighting designs and controls, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system and new insulation. Thomas Commons serves as the hub of student activities on campus and houses the college’s dining facility. The college expects the energy efficiency projects to reduce energy usage and increase cost savings.

“The Thomas Commons is a state-of-the-art facility that provides our students a place to study and participate in a number of campus organizations and activities,” said Joel Miller, director of facility services at Cornell College. “Working together with Alliant Energy, these energy efficiency projects foster our commitment to helping our students grow while reducing our impact on the environment.”

The projects were completed under Alliant Energy’s Commercial New Construction energy efficiency program. Cornell College expects to achieve annual energy savings of nearly 17,000 therms of natural gas and more than 197,000 kilowatt-hours per year. The energy savings will result in avoiding approximately 226 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. This is equivalent to removing approximately 48 passenger vehicles from Iowa roadways or the amount of carbon dioxide sequestered by nearly 185 acres of forest in our country.

In addition to the anticipated energy savings, the company received a rebate of $25,719 for the projects.


Chris Tompkins, Alliant Energy key account manager, presents an energy efficiency rebate check to Cornell College’s Joel Miller, director of facility services, and Jeff Mick, assistant director of facility services.

“Cornell College is leading by example,” said Chris Tompkins, Alliant Energy key account manager. “They are a great example of how several energy efficiency projects can achieve significant energy and cost savings while reducing their impact on the environment. As a result, the college is able to provide students with a great facility to enjoy their college experience.”

We offer the Iowa New Construction programs to businesses and organizations seeking to implement new or innovative ways to reduce energy demand. Our company also offers a number of Prescriptive Rebate programs for companies looking to increase the energy efficiency of their facilities. These programs are available to Alliant Energy retail electric and gas customers located in our Iowa service area. For more information, visit or call 1-866-ALLIANT (866-255-4268).



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